Residential Treatment Staff

Patrick Zhao, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Patrick Zhao is the Medical Director</strong> at PRIDE Institute, clinical director at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Services of Minnesota DHS and psychiatric consultant to MOFAS and VCF clinics at the University of Minnesota. Having worked in the areas of health care and health care research for over the past two decades, Dr. Zhao is certified for general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Zhao’s view of mental health is <em>a person’s interaction with his/her universe</em>. Such a notion orients the philosophy of his practice. For example, the assessment paradigm Dr. Zhao coined is “the Field Theory of Psychiatry.” Dr. Zhao embraces an evidence-based, multimodal and team approach of intervention.

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Patrick Zhao, M.D.

Patrick Zhao, M.D.

Medical Director

Todd Connaughty, MA, LADC

Director of Clinical Services

Todd has been employed with PRIDE Institute in various roles since 2006, and in his current role as Director of Clinical Services since 2012. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Metropolitan State University and his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary’s University. He is also certified to provide supervision to alcohol and drug counselors through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy of Minnesota. Todd is passionate about his work with the LGBTQ community and strives to help clients create a life in recovery that brings them meaning and purpose. Additionally, Todd enjoys working with alcohol and drug counseling interns and mental health practicum students, assisting new clinicians to become adept in working with the LGBTQ community.

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Todd Connaughty, MA, LADC

Todd Connaughty, MA, LADC

Director of Clinical Services

Troy Weber-Brown, MS, LMFT

Mental Health Supervisor

Troy has been supporting Transgender, Transsexual and Gender Non-Conforming clients as a Gender Therapist since 2009.  He has provided workshops and training locally, state-wide and nationally on Clinical Considerations in Working with LGBTQ Clients.  He is very happy to be a part of the PRIDE team and considers it a privilege to support the LGBTQ community in developing and maintaining chemical and mental health. He approaches his job with humor, empathy and a true desire to better the community’s experiences.

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Troy Weber-Brown, MS, LMFT

Troy Weber-Brown, MS, LMFT

Mental Health Supervisor

Terry Post, LADC

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Terry graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, obtaining his licensure as an LADC. Additionally, Terry has spent the last eight years working with chemically dependent adolescents. Terry initially started his career at PRIDE as an Intern where he found a passion for working with clients with sexual health issues. He loves the process of learning and has made plans to start pursing a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy focusing on Trauma and Intimacy disorders, then onto a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. ‘Learning what makes people tick’ is fascinating to him. In addition, Terry has been a volunteer firefighter & EMT since 2006. In his free time he enjoys longboarding, disc golf and rock climbing.

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Terry Post, LADC

Terry Post, LADC

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Jay Callahan, MS, LADC, LPC

Co-Occurring Therapist Kindred Program Coordinator

Jay has worked at Pride in a variety of roles including a Chemical Dependency Counselor and now as a Co-Occurring Therapist Kindred Program Coordinator. He graduated from Winona State University with a Master’s of Science in Community Counseling with an Addiction Counseling Certificate. He is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor.   He is a strengths-based therapist who is passionate about empowering and equipping LGBTQ individuals and their families to pursue health and wellness in all areas of their life. His areas of professional interest include the impact of grief and loss with addiction, trauma informed care, sexual health and wellness, and facilitating resiliency in LGBTQ youth and their families. In addition to working as a therapist he enjoys running, biking, traveling, and attempting new recipes in the kitchen.

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Jay Callahan, MS, LADC, LPC

Jay Callahan, MS, LADC, LPC

Co-Occurring Therapist Kindred Program Coordinator

Christopher Anderson, LADC

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Christopher started his career with Pride Institute as a chemical dependency intern at the residential facility. Christopher received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Morris and obtained his graduate certificate in alcohol and drug counseling after completing the addiction studies program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Christopher is dedicated to working with the LGBT community, most specifically on family and relationship-building, group therapy and art therapy. Christopher is active in the art community in the twin cities and enjoys creating multimedia pieces, art journals and screen prints.

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Christopher Anderson, LADC

Christopher Anderson, LADC

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Whitney Savage, LADC

Part Time Chemical Dependency Counselor

Whitney began working with Pride Institute as a chemical dependency intern in September 2013 at the residential facility and completed her practicum in April 2014 at Pride’s outpatient facility. Whitney received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and obtained her alcohol and drug counseling license after completing the Addiction Counseling program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Whitney is passionate about working with the LGBT community, most specifically on sexual health issues and relapse prevention, and providing education and therapeutic support surrounding the disease of addiction. Whitney is planning to continue expanding her knowledge in this field, hoping in the future to focus her education on the neurobiological and medical perspectives of addiction.

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Whitney Savage, LADC

Whitney Savage, LADC

Part Time Chemical Dependency Counselor

Lea Atkinson, MA., LADC

Lea has worked for several years as a mental health practitioner within the LGBTQ+ community. She graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Master’s of Arts in Counseling and Psychological Services and recently went back to get her Addiction Counseling Certificate. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and is also working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Lea is passionate about her work and helping others in their recovery. Her professional areas of interest are trauma informed care, couples therapy, sexual health issues and addiction education. Her outside interests include backpacking, spending time with her family and cooking.

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Lea Atkinson, MA., LADC

Lea Atkinson, MA., LADC

Anna Hagen, MA., LMFT

Anna is a Mental Health Therapist at the PRIDE Institute who received her MA from St. Mary’s University. She is EMDR certified in somatic and early childhood trauma and is a MN Board-approved supervisor.  She came to us having 10 yrs of experience, including working with River Ridge, where she specialized in trauma informed care.  She came to work at PRIDE due to her passion in working within the trauma field, as she sees the LGBTQ+ community as being specifically traumatized within our society and believes that informing clients about the ‘trauma piece’ within their mental health care journey is so very important.  Some of her favorite things about working at PRIDE is the national exposure she gets to clients from all across the country– along with the willingness of our clients to find their own health – and their openness to change.

Her hobbies include running, camping and woodworking.

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Anna Hagen, MA., LMFT

Anna Hagen, MA., LMFT

Mary Burkert, RN, LADC

Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Educator

Mary received her Associate’s degree as a Registered Nurse from Clinton Community College, in Clinton, Iowa, in 1981. She has worked as an EENT and medical surgical nurse at the University of Iowa; psychiatric nurse at the University of Minnesota; house supervisor, charge nurse, and nurse educator for the Ebenezor Caroline Center. Since March of 1998, Mary has worked at PRIDE Institute as a shift charge nurse, director of nursing, and presently as the lead nurse and nurse educator. She received her LADC through Metro State University in 2005. She has seen many positive changes over the years at PRIDE Institute and believes that the team is only getting better as they “Reach for Excellence.”

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Mary Burkert, RN, LADC

Mary Burkert, RN, LADC

Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Educator
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